The American Petroleum Institute, Grocery Manufacturers Association and other groups have filed a petition asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the federal Renewable Fuels Standard and the EPA approval of E15 fuel.
The groups argue the RFS has driven corn prices up and is contributing to high food and animal feed prices. As for E15, they contend the fuel damages engines and EPA approved its use before automotive industry testing had been completed. EPA cleared E15 for use in 2001-or-newer cars and light trucks.
In a related manner, Republican Senators Roger Wicker of Mississippi and David Vitter of Louisiana have introduced a bill which would prohibit the EPA from allowing the commercial use of gasoline containing more than 10 percent ethanol. S 344 has been referred to the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.